Re-streeting NYCHA

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With its properties home to approximately 400,000 residents, NYCHA operates the nation’s largest public-housing program, but its physical stock and finances need serious repair. The introduction of federal oversight and new management could offer the potential for real change at the agency for the first time in decades. And a bold new proposal could restructure how NYCHA buildings are situated within their communities.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Tower: Constructed according to an outmoded vision of the “tower in the park,” NYCHA buildings have isolated residents from the city’s grid. Read more.

  2. Stark: The isolation of the buildings and the lack of “eyes on the street” contribute to the high crime rate at NYCHA properties. Read more.

  3. Grid: “Restreeting” NYCHA buildings by knitting them back into the urban grid could improve safety, promote community vitality, and create opportunities for new retail establishments. Read more.

“Re-streeting could help end the isolation of public-housing residents, while also potentially reducing crime and improving amenities for low-income New Yorkers.”

Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute vice president, research and publications

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The Past is Present

The Housing Reform That Backfired By Howard Husock (Summer 2004)

“‘Section 8’ vouchers were supposed to revolutionize subsidized housing—but only expanded it.”

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